Public Policy News

COPLFR submitted comments to the NAIC on the Blanks Working Group’s proposed 2012 Actuarial Opinion Instructions. (May 1, 2012)
The Academy submitted comments to the NAIC on its draft white paper on the Solvency Modernization Initiative and insurance regulation offering suggestions encompassing RBC, ORSA, and NAIC model laws. (April 30, 2012)
The Financial Regulatory Reform Task Force comments to the Federal Reserve on its proposed rule establishing additional prudential standards to apply to non-bank financial service companies identified by the FSOC as companies that could pose systemic risk. The comments focused on the application of the proposed standards addressing risk based capital, leverage regulations, liquidity standards, risk management processes, counterparty limits, stress test requirements, debt to equity limits, and early remediation to US insurers that currently are under the regulatory supervision of one state functional regulator. (April 30, 2012)
The Federal Long-Term Care (LTC) Task Force sent a letter to the National Conference of Insurance Legislators in response to a request for information on strategies to reduce costs related to LTC coverage. The task force highlights a number of general approaches that would address both LTC costs and effectiveness. (April 27, 2012)
The Health Practice Council and the Committee on Qualifications sent a letter to all state insurance commissioners and chairs of each state house and senate insurance committee regarding the appropriate definition of "Qualified Actuary" as it relates to the Affordable Care Act's rate review provision. Under the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is authorized to determine whether health insurance rate increases filed with states are “unreasonable.” As of September 1, 2011 rate increases equal to or greater than 10 percent may be reviewed by states that have been determined by CMS to have an effective rate review program; otherwise, increases in excess of 10 percent will be reviewed by CMS to determine whether such rate increases are “unreasonable.” As a result, many states are in the process of drafting regulatory language that would create their own rate review program. In the past few months, an inconsistency in the definition of “qualified actuary” in some state regulations has come to the attention of the American Academy of Actuaries. The letter provides recommended language regarding the appropriate definition of qualified actuary as states move to implement the Affordable Care Act’s rate review provision. (April 20, 2012)
The Academy has published two guides to help voters better understand the long-term financial challenges facing Medicare and Social Security. Read what to ask candidates—and how to evaluate their answers—about proposals for reforming these programs. The guides are part of the Academy’s Campaign 2012 Toolkits. For more information on the release of the guides, click here.  (April 20, 2012)
The Natural Catastrophe Subcommittee provided comments to the National Conference of Insurance Legislators on natural catastrophe insurance reform options, focusing on damage prevention and risk financing. (April 13, 2012)
The Risk Management and Financial Reporting Council wrote a letter to the Department of Treasury urging that actuarial science be one of the specific considerations for members of the proposed Financial Research Advisory Committee that will support the work of the Office of Financial Research. (April 13, 2012)
The Joint Economic Scenario Generator Project Oversight Group of the American Academy of Actuaries and the Society of Actuaries has released an updated FAQ document that provides important information on the Academy’s Interest Rate Generator (AIRG).  In January 2012, the POG updated the AIRG with historical yield curves through December 2011. (April 4, 2012)
The Health Practice Council submitted a comment letter to the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) providing responses to questions raised during a meeting with representatives of CCIIO on the structure of a proposed actuarial value calculator (for purposes of the ACA). The letter addresses cost-sharing inputs for the calculator, incorporation of induced demand, number of geographic pricing tiers, and incorporation of multiple network tiers. (April 2, 2012)
The Academy's Medical Professional Liability Insurance Committee published a fact sheet on the Death, Disability, and Retirement (DDR) Extended Reporting Endorsement. This is the third in a series of fact sheets published by the Committee designed for actuaries as well as the general public. (March 23, 2012)
The Medical Professional Liability Committee sent a letter to the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives concerning H.R. 5, which would reform the medical professional liability system and repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board. (March 23, 2012)
The Financial Reporting Committee responds to questions posed in FASB's Revenue Recognition paper. (March 13, 2012)
The Academy presented to the National Conference of Insurance Legislators on its comments to the Federal Insurance Office regarding insurance modernization in the U.S. system. (February 24, 2012)
The Academy was cited several times during the Feb. 1 debate on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on the repeal of the CLASS Act (the long-term care program included in the Affordable Care Act). Log in to read the health Alert reporting on the House repeal of the program. (February 2, 2012)
The Academy Life Valuation Subcommittee submitted a comment letter to the NAIC Joint Working Group of the Life Insurance and Annuities (A) Committee and Financial Condition (E) Committee regarding their draft Framework on Actuarial Guideline 38. (January 31, 2012)
The Academy filed on Jan. 27 an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the pending challenge to the Affordable Care Act. The court will hear oral arguments in March. The brief addresses a very narrow aspect of the case before the court—the severability of the individual mandate from the other market reform provisions, namely guaranteed issue and modified community rating. The brief does not take a position on the constitutionality of the individual mandate or whether any other provisions in the law are severable from the mandate—nor does it support or oppose the law as a whole. Read the brief. Read the Academy’s member alert on the filing. Read the news release. (January 27, 2012)
The annual Academy legislative/regulatory year in review details significant legislative and regulatory activities affecting the actuarial profession, as well as the Academy's work on these issues during the past year. Read the full alert.  (January 23, 2012)
You can order your copy online or by mail/fax. The manual is designed to help appointed actuaries comply with the requirements of the NAIC model Standard Valuation Law and the Model Actuarial Opinion and Memorandum Regulation.  (January 20, 2012)
The Academy’s Contingent Annuity Issues Work Group presented an analysis to the NAIC Contingent Deferred Annuity (A) Subgroup comparing two different investment arrangements: typical contingent annuity design vs. self-insurance. (January 19, 2012)